My favorite brand of beer is Samuel Adams, hands down. I have tried dozens of different flavors of Sam Adams and only have good things to say about most of them. This year the Boston based beer company released a series of high test beers which they dub the "Imperial Series."
|Label art complexity is directly proportional to alcohol content.|
After trying all four brews, its funny how easily I could place these on a scale of preference. My favorite one of the four is the "Double Boch." Wow. It is surprisingly smooth for a beer with such a high alcohol content. I hate to use the same words they use on the label without adding anything else to it, but the "Double Boch" really has a pleasant velvety taste. The next brew in line for preference is the "Wee Heavy." As described on the bottle you could easily recognize a roasted sort of flavor to it. I detected a bit of a nutty flavor as well; however, my pallet could be underdeveloped and I may be mistaken. Its a stronger heavier taste but its still a beer that I could drink all night.
The "Imperial Stout" still has a smooth taste but an odd combination of aftertastes. The label describes chocolate and coffee; however, I could not really taste any chocolate. I really do not like coffee, perhaps thats why I really did not enjoy this beer as much as the other two. Its still a good brew though. Finally, the "Imperial White" is the strongest of the "Imperial Series." At 10.3% alcohol, you could taste the fact that it is a high test brew. I generally tend to really like wheat beers; but. this beer has a spicy aftertaste to it that really kicks in hard. Although it totes the fanciest of the four labels, I feel that this beer does not deliver. I probably would not recommend this beer to anyone else, especially if you have the choice of trying any of the other three instead.
In addition to the "Imperial Series," I am also going to share my experience drinking the Samuel Adams "Infinium" Ale. This beer is only distributed once every one or two years apparently, and only in a limited quantity. It is a Bavarian style of champaign-like beer that was brewed in collaboration with the Weihenstephan Brewery (the oldest operating brewery in the world, licensed in 1040) in Germany. In my opinion, "Infinium" a bit more like champaign and not so much like beer. It is very carbonated, very fruity, and not very hoppy (something I come to expect from Sam Adams). This is something that would be really cool to toast with at like a wedding or New Years Day. As for sitting down to spend a night watching your favorite movie or sporting event, I would purchase a different style from the Samuel Adams line.
|A fancy bottle for tastes too fancy for me.|